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Thread: Videos + Analysis: Meet The 2014 Undrafted Raiders

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    Cool Videos + Analysis: Meet The 2014 Undrafted Raiders


    Meet The 2014 Undrafted Raiders (Pt.1) QB Rob Henry,RB George Attkinson III,FB Karl Williams



    Rob Henry: Height: 6-2 Weight: 197, 40 Low: 4.50
    05/07/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: PURDUE: SS Rob Henry (6-2, 197, 4.56)...A college quarterback who is projected to safety, Henry is built well with NFL speed and strength, but will likely go undrafted as a very raw defensive project
    Rob Henry | Purdue, SS : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile


    George Atkinson III, Height/Weight: 6-1 / 218 lbs. 40 Yd- 4.40 sec
    STRENGTHS: Possesses an impressive combination of size and speed. When he locates the hole, Atkinson has the burst to explode through it and break away from the defense. Subtle changes of direction to avoid defenders in the open field and sets up his blocks well. Reliable kick returner with a history of big plays in big games. Expected to impress during workouts. Spent a year with Notre Dame's track team and has good timed speed. Good bloodlines. Father

    WEAKNESSES: Looks more like a safety than a running back. Upright and uncreative runner who relies on his straight-line speed to make big plays. Doesn't possess the lateral agility or balance to make defenders miss in tight spaces and isn't as physical as his size would indicate, too often being knocked to the ground on initial contact. Looks to break runs to the outside too often, rather than lowering his shoulder and grinding out the tough yards between the tackles.

    COMPARES TO: Joe McKnight, New York Jets - Atkinson isn't as nifty as McKnight and is bigger but possesses a similar reliance on his straight-line speed. His ability to return kicks could land him a roster spot but without greater toughness, his hype has more to do with the prominence of his collegiate team (and bloodlines) than his actual potential to star as an NFL running back. -Rob Rang
    George Atkinson III, RB, Notre Dame, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

    Karl Williams, FB Height/Weight: 6-0 / 244 lbs. 40 YD- 4.5 sec
    STRENGTHS: Primarily a reserve much of his career, Williams has flown under the radar but has also displayed potential for significant upside. Versatile athlete who could serve as short-yardage option and showed solid hands as a senior. Strong special teams player.

    WEAKNESSES: Started only three games in college and brings limited overall experience to the NFL. Will need to prove he can be versatile as an H-back option who can handle blocking duties in an NFL offense.
    Karl Williams, FB, Utah, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

    The Karl Williams story



    Karl Williams Utah Football #38 NFL Fullback Highlights

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    John Madden: How is Carr going to do on the road? How is he going to do against a Rex Ryan defense that’s going to show him everything that you can show him? He’s going to be tested a lot more than he was tested in that first quarter of the fourth preseason game… It’s going to take time. He’s going to have to see everything and experience everything. Believe me, they’re going to throw it at him.

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    Meet The 2014 Undrafted Raiders (Pt 2) WR Mike Davis,Dj Coles,Noel Grigsby,TE Jake Murphy,S Simonson


    Mike Davis, WR Height/Weight: 6-0 / 197 lbs. 40 YD- 4.5 sec
    STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with long arms and big hands. Good vertical speed and acceleration to gain a step and beat defenses deep. Quick off the line of scrimmage to beat press and uses hesitation in his routes to get behind the secondary. Tracks the deep ball very well and locates quickly to finish over his shoulder. Large catching radius and uses his length to extend and pluck the ball away from his frame. Natural body control to adjust his frame. Easy acceleration in his routes and has shown steady improvement in his patterns. Uses his extension well as a perimeter blocker and is very competitive in this area. Consistent production in his four years at college, leaving Austin fourth in school history in catches (200) and receiving yards (2,753).

    WEAKNESSES: Leggy and tight and more of a straight-line type of athlete. Has some body stiffness. Takes a few steps to get up to full speed when fighting off contact and after gearing down. Needs to develop his route tree and prove to be more proficient on more than just vertical patterns. Struggles to deceive defenders on non-go routes. Not the most natural hands catcher and will have his share of drops. Only average after the catch and lacks the shifty moves or change of direction to make defenders miss. Alligator arms in traffic and needs to play without fear. Questionable mental toughness and appears to get down on himself easily. Sense of entitlement with concerns that he will never be a grinder to reach his full potential.--Dane Brugler
    Mike Davis, WR, Texas, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

    Mike Davis - 2014 NFL Draft profile



    WR D.J. Coles 6'3" Height 225LBS. Weight, 40 Time: 4.50
    Strengths
    Thick-bodied and strong to match up as a blocker in the run game. Runs hard after the catch and almost always falls forward. Solid competitor. Knows how to uncover in zones.

    Weaknesses
    Has some difficulty escaping press coverage and does not consistently power through like he is capable. Long-term durability is concerning -- has had three surgeries on his right knee and has missed considerable time because of it. Will require patience adapting to the complexities of an NFL playbook
    D.J. Coles Draft Profile

    D.J. Coles pass plays vs. Marshall

    D.J. Coles touchdown catch vs. Georgia Tech


    Noel Grigsby WR Height: 5-10 Weight: 185, 40 Low: 4.60
    Grigsby would’ve likely be a draft candidate had he not been injured. He’s undersized at 5-foot-9 1/2 and 185 pounds, but despite not being full strength, he still ran a 4.56 40 at SJSU’s pro day. And speed isn’t even Grigsby’s strength. That would be his incredible route running ability and tremendous hands.
    His tie to the Raiders come from quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who coached Grigsby during his first two years at San Jose State.
    Noel Grigsby signs free agent deal with Raiders, Chandler Jones to Browns, Keith Smith to Cowboys, Ryan Jones to Ravens – SpartanCentral

    Noel Grigsby vs Stanford & BYU (2012)

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    John Madden: How is Carr going to do on the road? How is he going to do against a Rex Ryan defense that’s going to show him everything that you can show him? He’s going to be tested a lot more than he was tested in that first quarter of the fourth preseason game… It’s going to take time. He’s going to have to see everything and experience everything. Believe me, they’re going to throw it at him.

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    Jake Murphy, TE, Height/Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs. 40 Low: 4.78
    STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL tight end with an athletic, well-developed frame. Versatile, pro-ready tight end with experience in the traditional in-line role, as well as flexed out wide and as an H-back.He possesses soft hands with good hand-eye coordination and body control to make catches outside of his frame and good concentration to make the contested grab with defenders surrounding him. Strong runner after the catch, showing the leg drive and toughness to fight through arm tackles. Good flexibility and agility to gain a free release and generate separation from defenders. Possesses just average initial quickness but accelerates smoothly and has good top-end speed for the position.Became a stronger, more physical blocker in 2013. Impressive athletic bloodlines, as his father, Dale Murphy was a six-time National League all-star in Major League Baseball and his brother, Shawn, played at Utah State and spent some time with the Denver Broncos.

    WEAKNESSES: While sporting the broad-shouldered, well-built frame normally associated with this position, Murphy does not consistently play with the power his build suggests. He is a willing blocker but often lined up on the wing as a "move" tight end, taking advantage of his athleticism, rather than power to turn and shield defenders from the ball.Suffered a broken wrist against UCLA on Oct. 3 and missed four games in 2013 as a result. At 24 years-old, Murphy is older than most prospects.

    COMPARES TO: Dennis Pitta, Ravens - Just as Pitta was when leaving BYU, Murphy has been overlooked a bit from a national perspective, but his soft hands and sharp route-running could help him emerge as a reliable security blanket in the NFL. --Rob Ran
    Jake Murphy, TE, Utah, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

    Jake Murphy Highlights--Junior Year Receptions



    Jake Murphy, TE - Utah



    Scott Simonson, TE, Height: 6-5 Weight: 249, 40 Low: 4.77
    An All-American at Assumption, Simonson was named as a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection in 2013 after leading the team with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns. Soon after the NFL Draft, the Raiders reached out to Simonson. At just about the same time, the San Diego Chargers had phoned Simonson to make a free-agent offer.But he picked the Raiders. "I had to choose pretty quick," he said. "After talking with my agent, we went with the Raiders because we know they needed tight ends and we thought I would have a better chance making the 53-man roster and making the field."
    Former Staten Islander Scott Simonson signs free-agent deal with Oakland Raiders | SILive.com

    Meet The 2014 Undrafted Raiders (Pt.3) DE Austin Flynn,OG Danny Kistler,LB Carlos Fields


    Austin Flynn DE, Height: 6-4 Weight: 260, 40 Low: 4.64
    Flynn, a senior, appeared in 12 games and had 10 tackles for the Razorbacks last season. 02/13/13 - Authorities say Arkansas junior defensive end Austin Flynn was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday morning.
    Austin Flynn | Arkansas, DE : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile


    OT Danny Kistler Jr., Height: 6-7 Weight: 315, 40 Low: 5.67
    Strengths
    Tough competitor. Flashes a mean streak. Good work ethic. Coachable. Vocal leader. Good football character.

    Weaknesses
    Plays upright. Limited athlete. Lacks lower-body explosion. Marginal weight-room strength -- bench-pressed 225 pounds only 19 times at his pro day and produced poor 10-yard splits (1.97 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle times (5.02 seconds).

    Bottom Line
    Big, lumbering developmental tackle with a football disposition most ideal for the right side.
    -Nolan Nawrocki
    Danny Kistler Jr. Draft Profile


    Carlos Fields LB, Height/Weight: 6-1 / 238 lbs., 40 Low: 4.46
    Very fast for his size, posting a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at his March 17 pro day to go along with a 38-inch vertical, a 10'8" broad jump and a 4.22-second 20-yard shuttle. Strong in pursuit. Clear level of competition concerns. Dominated the Division II level, but is a wild card in terms of preparation to make the jump to the NFL. Versatile playmaker who made an impact as a pass rusher and in coverage for Winston-Salem
    “The coaches liked my speed so when I go out there I just have to listen to what the coaches say and I’ll do my best,” Fields said. “I’m confident I can make the team and that’s the attitude I’ve always had.” Fields was in on 321 tackles over his four years as a starter with the Rams with seven interceptions and eight sacks. The Rams went 45-6 over his four seasons— but one thing that was missing for Fields was a catchy nickname.
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    Carlos Fields Jr., OLB, Winston-Salem, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com


    Football Gameplan's 2014 NFL Draft Small School Spotlight - Carlos Fields



    CARLOS FIELDS WSSU HIGHLIGHTS
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    John Madden: How is Carr going to do on the road? How is he going to do against a Rex Ryan defense that’s going to show him everything that you can show him? He’s going to be tested a lot more than he was tested in that first quarter of the fourth preseason game… It’s going to take time. He’s going to have to see everything and experience everything. Believe me, they’re going to throw it at him.

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    Carlos Fields has the best chance of making the roster of all the FAs. Looks like he would be good special teams player and could push Kaelin Burnett. A lot will depend on how well he takes on NFL caliber guards.

    Jake Murphy is intriguing and looks like a Schaub friendly TE. Has a good a chance as well considering Rivera is the only TE on the roster who has shown anything in the regular season (and he doesn't block). If Sparano can bring some nastiness to Murphy's blocking, he could actually see playing time.


    Everyone else has practice squad or GTFO written on their foreheads. The extra WR will need to be great on special teams, and Greg Jenkins did well on Special teams last year and showed great improvement as a WR. That competition will be very interesting to watch.

    Atkinson III could return kicks and be a gunner, so he is a wild card. But really, he doesn't look like he will be much more than he is at RB right now so....
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    John Madden: How is Carr going to do on the road? How is he going to do against a Rex Ryan defense that’s going to show him everything that you can show him? He’s going to be tested a lot more than he was tested in that first quarter of the fourth preseason game… It’s going to take time. He’s going to have to see everything and experience everything. Believe me, they’re going to throw it at him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artois View Post
    carlos fields has the best chance of making the roster of all the fas. Looks like he would be good special teams player and could push kaelin burnett. A lot will depend on how well he takes on nfl caliber guards.
    this^^^
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    Even though we didn't draft offensive weapons in the draft, I'm glad we are bringing in some WR/TE/RBs to see what's out there. Although, as you guys mentioned, Fields looks like the only one that should have been drafted for sure and managed to fall


    EDIT: I think Atkinson is going to have to show he can do alot of things, because that 7th rd CB was drafted for his return skills
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanman View Post
    Even though we didn't draft offensive weapons in the draft, I'm glad we are bringing in some WR/TE/RBs to see what's out there. Although, as you guys mentioned, Fields looks like the only one that should have been drafted for sure and managed to fall


    EDIT: I think Atkinson is going to have to show he can do alot of things, because that 7th rd CB was drafted for his return skills

    Yes I agree on Atkinson. Guy just looks like a safety and doesn't appear to have much upside. Reggie seems to like having a guy for returning kicks and a guy for returning punts. Maybe because that leaves you someone if the other guy goes down, and special teams returners do get injured often. So we shall see. Wouldn't be surprised if we brought in another returner from the waiver wire with more fluid hips than Atkinson. Random tangent- with the shrinking of the kick off, the value of a great punt returner and punt specialists has gone way up over kick off.

    At the least it looks like we made a few upgrades on special teams with these late round selections and FAs.
    John Madden: How is Carr going to do on the road? How is he going to do against a Rex Ryan defense that’s going to show him everything that you can show him? He’s going to be tested a lot more than he was tested in that first quarter of the fourth preseason game… It’s going to take time. He’s going to have to see everything and experience everything. Believe me, they’re going to throw it at him.

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    First of all, thanks to Artois for putting this together..

    I think Grigsby and Karl 'The Truth' Williams have a shot.. If Fields can adjust to the speed of the game, he may have a shot as well.. dude with the DUI, messed up!
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    I think Atkinson is a really good kick returner... I think he makes the team as return man
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhendrix53 View Post
    First of all, thanks to Artois for putting this together..

    I think Grigsby and Karl 'The Truth' Williams have a shot.. If Fields can adjust to the speed of the game, he may have a shot as well.. dude with the DUI, messed up!
    Your welcome man! Took awhile to put together, but all the information was worth it.

    Karl has the speed and size, can catch, and hit the hole. I didn't see him blowing anyone up or opening up some holes and his pass blocking looks just adequate. I think that's probably why he didn't get a lot of playing time in college, as he lacks the beast factor. Maybe playing for the very life of his football career and a better future for his small child will put his inner animal in a corner and create a new beast like style of play that wasn't there on tape. You could say that about all these guys.

    Grigsby is a total wild card! His highlight tape shows that he makes a lot of contested grabs in a Crabtree like style, but without Crabtree's power to break away. I could see him really showing up in camp and pre-season. Being a polished and natural route runner and his ability to manipulate the defensive back with his body might separate him from the inexperienced but more athletic competition. I'm interested to see how he does against quick, smart, and tall NFL defensive backs.

    Yes, Austin Flynn got the DUI last year and it's really intriguing that the Raiders are giving him a chance. I found very little information on the guy, so I wonder what tape the Raiders have seen and know about him. The guy is a complete mystery. Apparently he did well in junior college. Perhaps the Raiders brought him based on that past production.

    Flynn joined the Razorbacks after playing two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor College. The Torrance, Calif., native was named All-Central West Conference in 2009 and 2011. He was a unanimous selection in 2011 after collecting 45 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 11.0 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries and three pass breakups in 10 games. In 2009, Flynn led the Seahawks with 7.5 sacks. Flynn came to Arkansas after also considering offers from Oregon State, Oregon and Oklahoma State
    Austin Flynn Bio - ArkansasRazorbacks.com - Official Site of Arkansas Razorback Athletics
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaHero75 View Post
    I think Atkinson is a really good kick returner... I think he makes the team as return man
    Atkinson was the Irish's primary kickoff returner since 2011, but he only brought back two kicks for touchdowns during his career. One scout said he has a tendency to go down on first contact. We shall see if is a really good kick returner, but he has a lot to prove.

    Atkinson entered the 2013 season as Notre Dame's No. 1 running back, but he appeared to fall out of favor with the coaching staff down the stretch. He finished second on the team in carries (93) and rushing yards (555). He had three rushing touchdowns, along with seven catches for 51 yards.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2014/sto...ar-eligibility

    Weaknesses
    Has an upright, linear running style -- exposes himself to some violent hits. Does not convert speed to power. Gears down to cut. Struggles to create on his own. Limited elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability -- too often grounded by the first tackler or ankle tackles. Crude eyes and instincts. Head-scratching career production. Has underachiever traits. Competitiveness and coachability need to be looked into
    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...son?id=2543627

    #34 George Atkinson III: ND Kickoff return vs. MSU 2011 - How to return Kickoffs



    George Atkinson III returns kickoff for touchdown against USC




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    Quote Originally Posted by Artois View Post
    Your welcome man! Took awhile to put together, but all the information was worth it.

    Karl has the speed and size, can catch, and hit the hole. I didn't see him blowing anyone up or opening up some holes and his pass blocking looks just adequate. I think that's probably why he didn't get a lot of playing time in college, as he lacks the beast factor. Maybe playing for the very life of his football career and a better future for his small child will put his inner animal in a corner and create a new beast like style of play that wasn't there on tape. You could say that about all these guys.

    Grigsby is a total wild card! His highlight tape shows that he makes a lot of contested grabs in a Crabtree like style, but without Crabtree's power to break away. I could see him really showing up in camp and pre-season. Being a polished and natural route runner and his ability to manipulate the defensive back with his body might separate him from the inexperienced but more athletic competition. I'm interested to see how he does against quick, smart, and tall NFL defensive backs.

    Yes, Austin Flynn got the DUI last year and it's really intriguing that the Raiders are giving him a chance. I found very little information on the guy, so I wonder what tape the Raiders have seen and know about him. The guy is a complete mystery. Apparently he did well in junior college. Perhaps the Raiders brought him based on that past production.


    Austin Flynn Bio - ArkansasRazorbacks.com - Official Site of Arkansas Razorback Athletics
    Yeah, I didn't realize the DUI was so long ago, it sounded like it had just happened.. unfortunate nonetheless.. Interesting take on K.Williams, although just a small sample, I did see a few good blocks, although, the majority of the highlight was devoted to him toting the rock.. Perhaps he can dig deep..

    If we were able to locate a few 'freebies' who could contribute, it will give us a great advantage to solidifying this roster. This is my favorite time of year - I'm super excited to see the direction this team is finally heading. If Mack can come in and give this defense and identity, and Carr can sit, learn, and develop into the QB I think he can be, it will change the fortune of this franchise for a decade.

    Once again, thanks for doing the legwork to post the info and videos - awesome stuff!
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    It's why in the end, I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone that even makes it to an NFL try-out.

    Consider our class of UDFAs this year: statistically, only 2 or 3 of these guys will make someone's team come opening day.
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    I think the tight end Murphy makes the squad. He already looks better then ausberry, kasa. The others not so sure about.
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    I'd really like to see Williams make it, we could use a real old school blocking FB. Reece is great but he is not that kind of FB, and if we really want to run the ball we could use a true Blocking TE and FB. Oren O'neal was great until that knee injury, and the other guy we have Olewale or whatever his name is is decent but not a real blocking FB either. Let's see what happens but I really like the tape on him, and I think he was probably brought in for the reason I mentioned above
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